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Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art

On view at UMMA January 25-May 4, 2014

Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art is the first exhibition to present Duke's five-acre Honolulu estate and its collections to audiences throughout the continental United States. The exhibition illustrates Duke's fascination with Islamic art, her extensive travels in Muslim countries, and her work with a broad array of individuals, including scholars, dealers, and artisans. The creation of Shangri La and its carefully orchestrated surrounding landscape and interior design is documented through photographs–both historical and newly commissioned works by Tim Street-Porter, drawings, and a newly created architectural model.

Duke's travels, including her around-the-world honeymoon trip in 1935, as well as her place in the history of mid-20th century collecting of Islamic art, are traced through photographs, films, correspondence and ephemera. Some sixty objects—ceramics, textiles, paintings, tile panels, and full-scale architectural elements—are juxtaposed with historic photographs and drawings, dramatically demonstrating the symbiotic relationship between the house and its collections.

In addition to Ms. Duke’s collections, the exhibition will also include new works by eight contemporary artists–all of Islamic background–including Walid Raad, Shahzia Sikander, and Afruz Amighi. All eight artists participated in the Shangri La Artists-in Residence program. Organized by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, the exhibition is curated by Donald Albrecht and Thomas Mellins.

 

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS OFFERING ENCOUNTERS      WITH ISLAMIC ART

Admired as a free-thinker and known for her prodigious philanthropy supporting causes as diverse as the environment, medical research, the prevention of child abuse, and the arts, Doris Duke amassed one of the nation’s largest private collections of Islamic art over her lifetime. Duke’s fascination with the Islamic world was realized in her estate Shangri La, which has been described as reflecting Duke’s “inventive synthesis.

Taking our cues from Duke’s abundant and wide-ranging interests, UMMA has developed a series of educational programs. So, immerse yourself! Like the ideal adventure, there is so much to see, learn, and do. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

 

LISTEN AND LEARN

Symposium: Encounters with Islamic Art: Reception, Revival, and Response
Saturday, February 1, 10am–6pm / UMMA's Helmut Stern Auditorium
Organized around three panels—Museum Encounters, Architectural Encounters, and Greco-Balkan Encounters—UM’s Christiane Gruber and six leading international scholars will explore the ways in which collectors, scholars, artists, and architects have encountered and interpreted Islamic artistic traditions in the modern era.  >>Learn more 

UMMA Dialogue with Director Joseph Rosa: Donald Albrecht and Thomas Mellins, Curators of Doris Duke’s Shangri La
Sunday, March 16, 3pm / UMMA's Helmut Stern Auditorium
Join us for a conversation exploring the exhibition’s major themes: Doris Duke’s vision as a collector, her legacy in the display and understanding of Islamic art—particularly the establishment of the artist-in-residence program at Shangri La for contemporary artists—and the unique architecture and design of the Shangri La estate.

Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series and UMMA Present Shahzia Sikander: Drawing as Ideas
Thursday, April 3, 5:10pm / Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty, Ann Arbor
Shahzia Sikander is one of eight contemporary artists whose work is included in the exhibition, thanks to an artist-in-residence program at Shangri La. Sikander’s giant, vivid projections respond to the complexity of a place created by an American woman and filled with items from many Muslim countries. Sikander's work has been exhibited internationally and is part of many museum collections around the world. She has been recognized with the U.S. Medal of Arts and with a MacArthur Fellowship.

 

DISCOVER THE GALLERY

In Conversation: Doris Duke’s Shangri-La and Islamic Art
Sundays, February 9 and March 23, 3pm / UMMA's A. Alfred Taubman I Gallery
Learn through looking in the galleries with UM PhD candidate Ashley Dimmig as she introduces the exhibition and various highpoints of this eclectic and legendary collection and explores what makes Islamic art “Islamic.”

Exhibition tours. Enjoy a tour with our award-winning docents. Sundays at 2pm. February 16, March 2 and 9, April 13 and 27, and May 4.

 

Teacher Workshop: Doris Duke and the Art of Islam
Advance registration required: jannwes@umich.edu

  • Friday, March 21, 1:30-5:30, concert at 8 pm: Focus on Qawwali music of Pakistan, including an artist talk and a UMS concert by Asif Ali Khan.
  • Saturday, March 22, 8:30am-1pm: Examine the visual arts of Islam, especially the rich variety of media, from tile mosaics and textiles to calligraphy.
  • Sunday, March 23, 12:30am-4:30pm: Approach Islamic art from a historical and religious perspective, putting it in the context of the development and diversity of Islam.

Each day will include a tour of the exhibition - each looking at different objects and aspects of the installation. All participants will receive a packet of contextual material and lesson plans. SCECHs will be available.

 

TAKE IN A CONCERT

SMTD@UMMA: The Andalusian Guitar
Friday, January 31, 8pm / UMMA's Apse
Celebrated classical guitarist Matthew Ardizzone returns to Ann Arbor with repertoire exploring the Arab influence in Spanish guitar music. Until the late fifteenth century Andalusia, the Spanish region under Islamic rule, was a place where European, gypsy, Jewish, African, and Arabic cultures all met. This period also saw the development of the guitar’s predecessor, the Spanish vihuela. The Andalusian musical legacy, heard in the works of featured composers Isaac Albéniz and Francisco Tárrega, continues to enrich compositions for classical guitar to the present day.

UMS Presents: Asif Ali Khan
Friday, March 21, 8pm / Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor
Tickets $20, $32, $40 and $60, visit www.ums.org or call 734.764.2538.
UMS brings to Ann Arbor this renowned Qawwli master singer in conjunction with the Doris Duke exhibition. If the late, great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948-97) was known as “the emperor of Qawwali,” Asif Ali Khan — who was once hailed by the maestro as one of his best students — has surely emerged as the music’s reigning prince. Asif is a superstar in his native Pakistan and a powerful figure on the international stage, remaining faithful to the sublime traditions of devotional Sufi music. His music can be meditative and trance-inducing, before, at a turn, becoming thrilling and ecstatic. To hear his voice soaring above the call-and-response choruses, rhythmic hand claps, percussion, and harmonium of his accompanying musicians is an inspiring experience whether you’re an adherent of the Sufi faith or not. This concert is presented by UMS, co-sponsored by UMMA, and supported by the Mohammad Issa and the Issa Foundation.

SMTD@UMMAThe Return, World Premiere
Wednesday, April 2, 7pm / UMMA's Apse
Donia Jarrar is a Palestinian-American composer, pianist, and songwriter whose work spans the genres of classical, electronic, experimental and pop music with undertones of Arabic influence.  Commissioned by UMMA in partnership with SMTD, this new chamber work draws from personal narratives related to notions of paradise and home.

 

EXPERIENCE ART AS A FAMILY 

                               Storytime at the Museum
Saturdays, February 8 and March 29, 11:15am / UMMA's Galleries
Student docents will bring the exhibition to life for our youngest patrons. Storytelling will be followed by a short art activity. Designed for families with children ages 4-7.
 
Family Art Studio
March 15 and 22, 2-4pm / UMMA's Multipurpose Room
Free. Pre-registration required at www.annarborartcenter.org
Create your own art project inspired by the ideas of geometric pattern and color in Islamic art. Designed for families with children ages 6-12 to experience art together, UMMA docents will lead families on an exploration of the exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop. This workshop is offered in partnership with the Ann Arbor Art Center.

 

TEACHER WORKSHOP: DORIS DUKE AND THE ART OF ISLAM

Advance registration required: jannwes@umich.edu

  • Friday, March 21, 1:30-5:30, concert at 8 pm: Focus on Qawwali music of Pakistan, including an artist talk and a UMS concert by Asif Ali Khan.
  • Saturday, March 22, 8:30am-1pm: Examine the visual arts of Islam, especially the rich variety of media, from tile mosaics and textiles to calligraphy.
  • Sunday, March 23, 8:30am-12:30pm: Approach Islamic art from a historical and religious perspective, putting it in the context of the development and diversity of Islam.
Each day will include a tour of the exhibition - each looking at different objects and aspects of the installation. All participants will receive a packet of contextual material and lesson plans. SCECHs will be available.

 

The exhibition Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art was organized by The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, which is also providing generous support for its presentation at UMMA and national tour. Additional lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by the University of Michigan Health System and the University of Michigan Office of the President. Other generous support is provided by the Monroe-Brown Foundation Discretionary Fund for Outreach to the State of Michigan, the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund, and the University of Michigan Center for South Asian Studies, CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund, Department of the History of Art, Institute for Research on Women & Gender, Institute for the Humanities, Islamic Studies Program, LSA Theme Semester, and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.